MONTH OF October
We interrupt this broadcast for a short pause, Scorpio. Until October 23, the Sun is submerged in Libra and your twelfth house of rest, endings and healing—your annual four-week “retreat” cycle. Need a nap…or just a minute to catch up? The window before your birthday (and Scorpio season) grants you planetary permission to get into a flowy state as often as possible. Restore and rejuvenate, keeping your schedule light. If possible, escape for a little off-the-grid getaway, even if it’s only for a night. Grab a deal on a spa pass while you’re at it. Under these creative rays, your imagination is dialed up, making this a perfect time to dive into an artistic project or some deep spiritual seeking.
This year, however, Libra season won’t let you totally tune out. Energizer Mars (your co-ruler) will make its biennial visit to Libra from October 3 to November 19, pushing you to confront issues you’ve swept under the rug. If some chapter of your life needs to end or majorly transform, you won’t be able to waffle any longer. Mars demands action! You may need to stand up to a bullying or domineering person, or to confront someone who hasn’t been totally above-board with you. Extracting the truth from them might take a while, but better to get it all out in the open…at least as much as you can. Scorpio, we know this sounds irritating, but it’s necessary work that will clear the channels for you to feel free and enlivened again. Just because we ignore something doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Now is your chance to deal and heal.
Mars is in “detriment” here, a weakened position because after all, he’s the warrior planet and Libra is the sign of peace. The uneasy combo can make it hard to chill out. People will be passive-aggressive, even whiny, and you might find yourself tossing and turning over stressful thoughts. Put in extra measures to power down at night, making a firm “devices and lights off” time and having supportive people (whether friends, therapists or healers) lined up if you’re processing any heavy emotions or confronting some grief that you pushed aside.
On October 3, your other co-ruler, transformational and karmic Pluto, wakes up from a five-month retrograde through Capricorn and your third house of expression, community and media. Messages may have gotten scrambled—or totally lost—during this retrograde, and you’ve been pushed to do a LOT of thinking about how you articulate ideas and interact with others.
Communication has been an ongoing issue for you to transform and improve for the past few years as Pluto makes its lengthy, once-in-a-lifetime journey through Capricorn from 2008 to 2024. You’ve already learned HUGE lessons about how to interact impactfully with others and when to trust someone enough to forge a friendship or creative collaboration. While Pluto was retrograde since April 24, many Scorpios struggled to get their point across. Old fears, some driven by shame and anxiety, may have created blocks in key relationships. As Pluto corrects course, you’ll be better able to untangle any dicey dynamics. And during this psyche-probing October, you can get down to the root cause, which will help you make lasting change.
The struggle between your “logical” mind and your intuition is real though—and one to become conscious of, Scorpio. You may have had a couple tense moments where emotional overload AND “analysis paralysis” struck. On October 7, the Libra Sun in your twelfth house of illusions will lock into a tense square with rigid Saturn in Capricorn and your third house of communication. It could feel next to impossible to get your point across or like you’re meeting resistance at every turn. If you’re hoping to get a green light for a project, do NOT pitch today or, if you do, be prepared to answer some tough questions.
Hey, if you’ve done your research, you might just wow the skeptics and win over the naysayers, which wouldn’t be a bad thing! But you could have to negotiate through a minefield of obstinate decision makers with old-school opinions. Are you the one being stubborn and stonewalling? If so, take a hard look at what’s driving that. This transit will repeat on October 27 between intense Mars (also in Libra) and Saturn, a day to really give yourself a break. You could hit a point of meltdown if you don’t, which could lead to unfortunate arguments and battles of will.
The bigger lesson? Know your limits! Give yourself—and others—a chance to absorb information and climb the inevitable learning curve. You might be on information overload or just emotionally saturated (wring out that psychic sponge!) from excessive caretaking and problem-solving. Could it be a hint of…codependence? This month, sort out what’s “yours” and what’s “theirs,” and you’ll lighten your load in every way.
Just in time, the October 13 Aries full moon sweeps into your sensible sixth house of health, order and analytical thinking. At least for today you’ll emerge from that Libra-season fog and regain your astute Scorpionic ability to connect the dots. Simplify, streamline and prioritize. And ask for (good) help! The sixth house rules employees and assistants, and full moons mark transitions. If someone’s slacking on Team Scorpio, it’s time for a performance review or maybe to relieve them of their duties.
Ready to get your fall fitness plans underway? The full moon in your wellness zone gives you the surge of energy to replace those bad habits with life-affirming ones before holiday hedonism kicks in. Schedule those checkups and tests you’ve been putting off. Under the light of the full moon, a nagging issue could finally be properly diagnosed and treated. Since this zodiac sector rules digestive health, a cleanse or detox can give you a great seasonal “gut” reset.
Don’t ignore mental wellbeing now, either—especially since the full moon will square off with Pluto in your cerebral third house. Your spinning thoughts can be the culprit of a lot of stress and anxiety. If you’ve been suffering alone, find someone qualified to talk this through with. You deserve all the compassion, Scorpio…you take on so much and rarely ask for help. But nobody ever got a medal for being a martyr. And if you scratch below the surface, there may be some control issues rooted in ancient fears operating. Wouldn’t it be nice to be free of their grips?
Great news: Scorpio season swings into gear on October 23, flipping the lights back on. After an intense internally focused month, it’s time for some action! Pace yourself, of course, because energizer Mars will still be marching through your restful twelfth house. But your confidence and can-do spirit return. Prioritize passion projects for the next four weeks while your solo endeavors get a special hit of solar power.
All fresh starts are favored on October 27, when the year’s only Scorpio new moon arrives, marking your astrological new year. This annual reset kicks off a six-month cycle for your personal goals and dreams. A style refresh could also be in the making now. It’s time to put yourself first again! You may have to dodge some disruptions from a couple of your closest people, though. The new moon will form a tricky opposition to unpredictable Uranus in your partnership house. Don’t let a rebellious or difficult person drag you out of your happy place today. In fact, you might need to temporarily (or permanently) sever ties with someone who’s bringing you down. This could happen abruptly, but once the shock passes, you’ll feel a million times lighter!
But before you pull out all the stops on a splashy debut, pause for the cause. Halloween has some tricks along with the treats as trickster Mercury—the planet of communication, technology and travel—spins retrograde from October 31 to November 20. Adding to the ghoulish effect, it will reverse through YOUR sign this go-round, which could set you up to feel wildly misunderstood. You won’t need a costume to be mistaken for someone you’re not! Combat this effect by flying under the radar, using the time to tweak your plans rather than launch any big initiatives. You’ll be ready to rock in time for the holidays—and those lucrative Black Friday sales if you’ve got a business initiative up your sleeve. Back up all your photos and files, make sure your electronics are surge-protected and get everyone on Team Scorpio united before the celestial storm hits. An ounce of preparation is worth a kilo of cure!
LOVE & ROMANCE:
A little fantasy goes a long way this October! And with lovebirds Venus and Mars canoodling in quixotic Libra and your dreamy twelfth house the first week of the month, it may be hard to pull you down off romantic cloud nine and back onto terra firma. You may have slipped your “love goggles” on so tightly you can’t seem to remove them.
Passionate Mars, your co-ruler, is in residence here all month (until November 19), which turns up the heat on those steamy daydreams but can also lead you into temptation—or dicey codependent waters. You’ll have to watch yourself closely so you don’t get caught in a riptide of unhealthy emotions. Being supportive of your significant other is admirable, but doing their heavy lifting or putting up with abusive behavior is never acceptable. Stop focusing on them (like, NOW) and get yourself some professional help.
An interesting counterbalance arrives on October 8 as vixen Venus detaches from the red planet and revs into your sign and first house of independence. Part of you may feel pulled toward soul-merging while another, possibly stronger side is craving personal space and autonomy. Putting your needs first and doing those things that make you feel sexy and confident is NOT “abandonment,” Scorpio, and don’t let anyone talk you into believing that. When you DO get together, it’ll be sweeter (and hotter) because of the time apart.
For some, there could be a separation since Mars in the twelfth house can accelerate endings and transitions. Mourn your loss, shed all necessary tears—but then listen good to charm magnet Venus in your sign, who’s reminding you what a truly incredible catch you are!
October 12: Venus-Uranus opposition
This one-day wrench-thrower of a transit could have you running for the exit. But unless you’re 100 percent sure there’s nothing left in a certain relationship, halt! Uranus in your partnership zone is stirring up your need for more breathing room, but that doesn’t mean you need to pull the plug. Talk it out and find a compromise that works for both of you. Single? You’ll be happier sampling from the buffet table than committing to just one dish (however tasty).
MONEY & CAREER:
Pace yourself this month, Scorpio. You’ll be wrapping up loose ends even while you’re eager to start a few ideas and initiatives. That’s because the Sun is in Libra until October 23, lounging in your twelfth house of rest and completions. With energizer Mars here from October 3 to November 19, you could be feeling a little burnt out or just not operating at your usual “guided-missile” pace. That’s okay! Leave time for self-care and creative or restorative activities. Scorpios often lean toward the adage “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”, but seriously: get some deep rest. Don’t fight this introspective wave. With your subconscious activated, you may even get “work” done during your shut-eye sessions! Your dreams hold special import now and deliver messages for important projects. Tear a page from Julia Cameron’s classic text, The Artist’s Way, and take yourself on an “artist’s date” (just you, no one else, not even your cell phone!). Head to the museum, an indie movie or a peaceful botanical garden. Let this alone time inspire you.
Luckily, some balance is provided by mental Mercury, the planet of communication, which starts an extended trip through Scorpio from October 3 through December 9. Even as you’re lounging on the couch, your mind is hungry for podcasts (Malcolm Gladwell’s “Revisionist History” could be a great conversation starter in interviews), research and information—especially if it advances a personal goal! If you’re job-hunting or looking for new clients, don’t be shy about asking for leads or testimonials. Start polishing your social media and front-facing presence. Once the Sun starts a monthlong visit to Scorpio on October 23, you’ll be raring to go (and ready to hit “publish” or “go live”). The October 27 Scorpio new moon is a great launch date for your audacious goals and debuts. But one caveat: With a curveball opposition from Uranus in your partnership zone, make sure that anyone you’re relying on is clear on their marching orders. People could be flaky or erratic today.
If you don’t send out the press releases and viral campaigns by October 31, pause efforts until November 20. Mercury will be retrograde between those dates, a cycle that’s notorious for wreaking havoc on technology, travel, information and communication. Your message could get misinterpreted or lost in the shuffle. Tap an old colleague for advice; Mercury retrograde favors the past, and someone from your “archives” could have a golden tip!
October 7: Mercury-Uranus opposition
It’s hard to know when to tell the whole truth, and if you should ever tell nothing BUT the truth. And it may be that you went a little too far in speaking your mind recently, and now you’re trying to retract some of it. But with capricious Uranus in your dynamic-duos zone, you won’t be able to read someone clearly. Rather than dig yourself in deeper, wait for them to make the next move.
Love Days: 10, 15
Money Days: 22, 31
Luck Days: 20, 27
Off Days: 13, 17, 26